A giant asteroid is set to slam into Earth's orbit next week – the biggest for many months.

Given the catchy name of 2023 GY2 by NASA's top scientists, the big space rock has been placed on the list of Near Earth Objects by the experts.

This means it will crash into our orbit, and is scheduled to do so on May 22.

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Travelling at a speed of 11.33 km/s, the asteroid measures around 160 metres in diametre, which we've worked out is roughly the same as sticking 85 Ryan Reynolds one on top of the other.

The co-owner of AFC Wrexham and Hollywood megastar measures around 1.88 metres, and 85 of him would probably cause significant damage if slammed into Earth's orbit.

However, despite coming very close to the planet, NASA scientists have not confirmed if any damage will be caused but it's highly unlikely to.

Although the rock is travelling at 11.33km/s, it is slightly slower than the average of around 15 km/s for Near Earth objects.

The asteroid last came into contact with Earth in August 2016 when it was travelling much faster.

It is set to return in January 2025, but flying near Jupiter at the very slow speed of just 3.71 km/s.

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However, it will rocket into our orbit once more in April 2030, at a whopping 22.16 km/s, NASA has estimated.

It's final visit to Earth is set to take place on April 21, 2186, before flying off into space forever.

Should things go wrong and the asteroid change course, giving us on Earth serious cause for concern, NASA now has an asteroid destroying system ready to go after successful test were run at the end of 2022.

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The scientists will actually fire a rocket at the oncoming destroyer, pushing it off course and hopefully save Earth in the process.

Called DART, the system was tested in October, and successfully managed to remove a harmless asteroid onto a different trajectory.

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